Learn Spanish as you explore the colorful and diverse world of Latino culture
Build a rich Spanish vocabulary without the burden of boring repetition or tedious memorization with Read & Think Spanish, CD Edition. In this audio package, you will find more than 100 intriguing articles written in Spanish about the enchanting diversity of Latino culture--from Spain's rowdy La Tomatina festival and Argentina's passionate tango tradition to Celia Cruz, Cuba's beloved salsa singer.
Each article presents new vocabulary in boldface within the article; in the margins, you will find the translations. You'll know right away any words unfamiliar to you. On the CD, native speakers read aloud many of the articles contained in the book, so not only can you see how words are used on paper but how they sound in conversation.
Read & Think Spanish, the innovative, non-intimidating approach to learning Spanish, is now available with an audio CD. Compiled by the expert editors of Think Spanish! magazine, this audio package brings together more than 100 engaging, fully illustrated readings and articles about the life and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. The 70-minute audio CD features many of the articles read aloud by native speakers, as well as questions for review and reinforcement of new vocabulary.
Table of contents
Festival of St Loiza, Puerto Rico
¿Quién es el jibaro?
The pride of Puerto Rico
The art of eating tapas in Spain
La siesta en Argentina
Benefits of the siesta
Pescando con “caballos”
Peru’s ancient fishing techniques
Mexican folk art
La pollera panameña
The national costume of Panama
The Uruguyan cowboy
Myths and legends from Guatemala
El rodeo y los “huasos”
Chilean rodeo and cowboys
Examina tu comprension
Test our Comprhension
El barrio gótico de Barcelona
The Gothic Quater in Barcelona
The pearl of Puerto Rico
Colonia del Sacramento
The cobblestone streets of Uruguay
Verano en enero y febrero
Summer in January in Argentina
Mallorca y sus castillos
Castle off the coast of Spain
Un paraíso en el Caribe
Carribean paradise, Dominican Republican
Varadero, arenas blancas
Cuba's white sand beaches
Un paraiso exótico
Costa Rica, an exciting paradise
El turismo rural
Countryside travel in Spain
San Miguel de Allende
Mexican colonial city
Tulum, la ciudad sobre el mar
Mexico's ancient walked city
Examina tu comprension
Test your comprehnsion
With Read & Think Spanish, CD Edition, you will:
Grasp Spanish vocabulary quickly and easily with the help of English translations
Review and reinforce your newly acquired knowledge with end-of-chapter questions as well as exercises on the audio CD
Learn about the vibrant Latino culture and its famous places, noted people, intoxicating music, mouth-watering food, and more
Take the ho-hum out of learning Spanish and discover an innovative language tool that will keep you entertained along your way to Spanish proficiency!
Expand Your World Through Language
More than 100 articles in Spanish help you absorb more of what you read
Bilingual glossary on each page for rapid reference
Native speakers on audio CD help attune your listening skills
When you read and think in Spanish the language just comes naturally!
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Here are 5 Secrets to Learn Spanish Fast:
Set a Goal - Decide how many minutes each day you are going to set aside for your Spanish studies. Stick to this no matter what comes about. Setting a goal to study each day will help you more quickly achieve your goal to learn Spanish fast.
Set a Time - Know at what time you are going to study Spanish each day. This is part of your goal setting but of equal importance to your success. Your time might be first thing in the morning. Or it might be on your evening commute home. Whatever the time is, stick to it.
Take Notes - Buy yourself a notebook to use for your Spanish studies. In your notebook take notes of the words or phrases that may be difficult for you to remember. Spell them out. Write their definition. You’ll be surprised with how much this will help you in your goal to learn Spanish fast.
Collect Spanish Articles and Pictures - Keep a folder and collect Spanish articles and pictures about the language and country you are learning about. You might find an article about Spanish, Mexico or South America. Add those to your folder. The internet is full of Spanish language newspapers. Print off some articles to look over and see how many words you recognize.
Have Fun! - There is no sense setting a goal to learn Spanish if you don’t have fun. Use your new language skills to practice with native speakers. And before you know it, you’ll be on your way to learning Spanish. Good luck and have fun!
The SPANISH Language: Spanish is the official language of Spain and 19 Latin American nations. Spanish is spoken as a first language by about 330 million persons and as a second language by perhaps another 50 million. Spanish is the mother tongue of about 40 million people in Spain, where the language originated and whence it was later brought by Spanish explorers, colonists, and empire-builders to the Western Hemisphere and other parts of the world during the last five centuries. Spanish is the native tongue of over 17 million people in the United States, and is one of the official languages of the United Nations. The Spanish vocabulary is basically of Latin origin, although it has been enriched by many loan words from other languages, especially Arabic, French, Italian, and various indigenous languages of North, Central, and South America. The Spanish language employs the Roman alphabet. There are a number of Spanish dialects and there are several striking differences in pronunciation between Castilian and major dialects of Latin American Spanish. On the whole, however, the difference between the Spanish dialects of Europe and of Latin American with reference to pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar are relatively minor.